Do not be afraid; be strong and courageous

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, February 15, 2016

Today’s scripture reading:

To fulfill God’s purpose and will in our lives, we need the content and substance of his Word in our hearts and minds. Teaching our children and new believers should be one of our top priorities. Our finest teachers, best resources, and most careful thought should be directed toward showing young believers how to follow God in all life’s situations. (NLT)

Deuteronomy 31:1-8 – When Moses had finished saying these things to all the people of Israel, he said, “I am now 120 years old and am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has told me that I will not cross the Jordan River. But the Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua is your new leader, and he will go with you, just as the Lord promised. The Lord will destroy the nations living in the land, just as he destroyed Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites. The Lord will hand over to you the people who live there, and you will deal with them as I have commanded you.   Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid of them! The Lord your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.”

Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched he said to him, “Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the Lord swore to give their ancestors. You are the one who will deliver it to them as their inheritance. Do be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you.”

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God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart. – Psalm 46:1-2 (CEB)

Frankie J. Melton, Jr. (South Carolina) titled his story “BREAKING THE GRIP OF FEAR;” here is a portion of Frankie’s story:

“While waiting for my wife to finish a doctor’s appointment I took our kids exploring in the massive office complex. . . . The shadowy hallway and mysterious door – and what could lie on the other side – frightened them.

“. . . Sometimes life can be like that dark corridor. We face uncertainty about what lies ahead and become fearful. Life may be full of trouble. But we can have confidence in our God that even if the earth shakes and trembles and the mountains fall into the sea, we are in good hands. From our perspective and limited knowledge, the situation may seem hopeless. However, God’s knowledge exceeds ours. With God as our helper, our fear can give way to a sense of peace and security. Our heavenly Father knows what is on the other side of the doors in our lives, and we can trust God in all things.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Right now, I can take my heavenly Father’s hand and go forward.

Prayer: Dear faithful God, be with those who are afraid or facing difficult circumstances. Help us all to know that we can put our trust in you. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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